When we were recently invited to do some sampling at Seviche and Sonoma, we enthusiastically agreed to try out their happy hours. What we ended up discovering were a couple great places in Downtown Pittsburgh that offer quality, class and great taste…all at prices that may surprise you.

After our incredible experience at Seviche, we took a stroll down to Sonoma Grille. Sonoma is a unique downtown venue where you can enjoy wine and happy hour in Pittsburgh without breaking the bank. Every weekday from 5:00-7:00pm, Sonoma offers a nice selection of $5 tapas, $3 beers,  $4 glasses of wine, and $5 signature cocktails.

Sonoma and Seviche share ownership, but definitely deliver a diverse change of pace for people who want to experience two different worlds. Sonoma is the perfect stop for any Pittsburgher who might be dreaming about California’s wine country, but doesn’t exactly have the opportunity to get there right now.

Like our experience at Seviche, we found the food at Sonoma to be downright yummy.  Some of our favorites included the Chicken Satay with a Thai peanut dipping sauce, the Caribbean Popcorn Shrimp served with Jicama (a root veggie that mimics what celery does for buffalo wings) and a toasted papaya seed dressing for dipping, and a soft gruyere cheese spread with seasoned flatbread crackers and fresh raspberries. The $5 a plate price tags made them a steal! Washing our tasty bites down with a couple of $5 signature cocktails, including their Gin Blossom Martini and their classic Sonomapolitan, made for a great AND affordable luxury.

Not to be outdone by Seviche, the service at Sonoma was spectacular as well. Although busy, their Executive Chef Andrew Hebson happily took some time to tell us about their cuisine and ingredients. Sonoma uses local ingredients whenever possible, and often modifies the menu based on items available. Buying local keeps more money in our local economy, providing additional value to their already amazingly affordable happy hour.

With $5 tapas, happy hour drink specials, and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays, Sonoma Grille is serving up great wine country themed deals in Pittsburgh with a whole lot of class! Quality and value meet to make Sonoma Grille a Living Pittsburgh top pick. We encourage you to discover the same.

Sonoma Grille

947 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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